GM to Provide Hybrid Transit for Super Bowl XL

GM hybrid-powered buses will be part of the NFL’s transportation fleet, shuttling journalists and VIPs during the week of Super Bowl XL around the Motor City. Five GM hybrid-powered buses will save more than 100 gallons (1,135 liters) of fuel compared with conventional buses. On an annual basis, the five GM-hybrid buses conserve more than 7,500 gallons (28,390 liters) of fuel.

“Transit buses are an excellent application for hybrid propulsion systems, because buses consume significantly more fuel than cars or light trucks and they are often utilized in stop-and-go city traffic,” said Beth Lowery, GM vice president of environment and energy. In addition to achieving significantly better fuel economy, GM’s advanced hybrid-powered buses include up to 60 percent fewer oxides of nitrogen emissions and 90 percent fewer particulate, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions compared with conventional diesel buses; reduced maintenance costs resulting from extended brake, engine oil and transmission oil life; 50 percent faster acceleration than conventional diesel buses; and operational sound levels approaching that of passenger cars. General Motors also announced that the first of 50 New Flyer Buses Powered By GM’s Hybrid Technology is rolling into the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority fleet. Currently, there are nearly 380 GM hybrid-equipped buses operating in 29 cities in the U.S. and Canada. For 2006, GM has 216 hybrid-powered buses scheduled for delivery to six U.S. cities. The hybrid buses for the Super Bowl are provided by North American Bus Industries, the Transit Authority of River City and GM Allison.
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